Not Gone Nor Forgotten those days were not as easy as the days that we have known. artifacts of a past our grandparents may have lived: the house beside a dirty pond, (filled daily by nesting geese). it stands, decaying slowly, on the edge of the pond they built (whoever it was, who also built the house) he thought he had it made when he built it all here. in those days, he had to work: build some buildings, fall some trees. it seemed no one, that he knew, cared who claimed this land. for those who knew tree-covered hills, he was a puzzle. not far away, a creek splashed by. when he passed on, it was expedient to give this land back, to those who loved tree-covered hills. how could i say what were the names of all the players? i doubt i knew any; but there were artifacts, artifacts of the past.